Posts Tagged ‘slaw’

To know me is to know me

I am very repetitious when it comes to certain things, especially my weekday morning routine and eats. I was able to squeeze in a run this morning before the rain, which was cool. I ran for 45 minutes, which ended up being 4.65 miles. Again, my speed was on the ‘slow’ side for me (9:45 minute mile). I don’t know if it’s me or my nike+ or what. Like I mentioned to start this post I am very repetitious and I run two routes throughout the week, we’ll call them route A and route B. Usually, I alternate them and today was route B. I know exactly when I hit each mile marker and that’s been consistent, it’s my time that has not been. I was glad to get that run in though and had to cut it short because I “snoozed” this morning.

I came home and made coffee and a green monster. I told you I was repetitive! However, in this green monster I threw in a spoonful of Siggi’s yogurt (vanilla flavor). I didn’t notice much of a difference between yesterday’s GM and today. Anyway, the ingredients included 1 frozen banana, 1 cup of chocolate unsweetened almond milk, a cup of spinach and a scoop of vanilla yogurt. Tasty!

Later in the morning I finished up the Siggi’s vanilla yogurt. It went better than yesterday- not much sweeter at all, but maybe I am more used to the consistency now. It also a somewhat sour taste (similar to Greek yogurt). INGREDIENTS: Skim Milk, Agave Nectar, Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla, Live Active Cultures, Vegetable Rennet.

For lunch I had the same thing I had yesterday. Told ya. It was kale salad with bragg liquid aminos (organic kale, organic carrots, organic yellow onion, and bragg liquid aminos), purple cabbage, green cabbage, and leftover steak.

I am getting used to eating salads without dressing and it’s a whole new world. I don’t really miss them or the fat and calorie overload. In a little while I am taking a group to Whole Foods to learn some practical healthy eating tips. Should be fun!

Sunday’s eats

Today was truly a day of rest for me.. well a day of rest and laundry. Anyhow, breakfast was a near repeat of yesterday the only difference being I used cheddar cheese instead of feta today. I enjoyed that omelet with a cup of coffee with half and half.

Although this was a very filling omelet, my sweet tooth was kicking in high gear and I ended up also having a samoa girl scout cookie.

It was good, but the ingredient list is quite long, which does not forebode good things. Let’s take a look. The ingredients include sugar, vegetable oil, enriched flour, corn syrup, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, sorbitol, glycerin, cocoa, invert sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, cornstarch, salt, caramelized sugar, soy lecithin, dextrose, natural and artificial flavor, carreeganen, and leavening.

There’s that soy lecithin again. From the wikipedia page, soy lecithin’s non-toxicity leads to the use with food, as an additive or in food preparation. It is used commercially in foods requiring a natural emulsifier or lubricant. In the food industry it has multiple uses: In confectionery it reduces viscosity, replaces more expensive ingredients, controls sugar crystallization and the flow properties of chocolate, helps in the homogeneous mixing of ingredients, improves shelf life for some products, and can be used as a coating. In emulsions and fat spreads it stabilizes emulsions, reduces spattering during frying, improves texture of spreads and flavor release. In dough it reduces fat and egg requirements, helps even distribution of ingredients in dough, stabilizes fermentation, increases volume, protects yeast cells in dough when frozen, and acts as a releasing agent to prevent sticking and simplify cleaning. It improves wetting properties ofhydrophilic powders (e.g. low-fat proteins) and lipophilic powders (e.g. cocoa powder), controls dust, and helps complete dispersion in water[1]. It can be used as a component ofcooking sprays to prevent sticking and as a releasing agent.

I still don’t know if that’s necessarily a good thing to be eating, even if it is non toxic. It is in so many foods though, especially sweet ones.

Anyway, I also munched on some more nuts today- cashews and dry roasted peanuts. I got in a 50-minute pilates workout via DVD as well. For dinner I had leftover slaw from last night and some grilled chicken breast.

I definitely foresee some more sweets in my future tonight as the cravings are getting stronger and stronger. I may go for some dark chocolate or some coconut milk ice cream- or both. Ahh! I will try to be good!

Monday tomorrow, bleh.

Shopping with a new purpose

After posting yesterday, we ventured off to the supermarket to pick up a few items for tonight’s dinner and for the week. The trip was a little different for me than usual, in the sense that I was trying to be more aware of what I purchased. We went to a typical supermarket- not a Whole Foods or specialty market and it is abundantly clear that I will need to shop for some products outside of this supermarket in order to meet my new-found needs.

First, the produce selection. It is pretty diverse and there are a good amount of different veggie options, however very few items are tagged as ‘locally grown’ or ‘organic’. Some items may be, but they are not labeled as such. Michael Pollan discusses in his book that it is preferable to purchase items locally (less travel time) and items that have been grown in nutrient rich soil (typically organic, but not ALL organic produce is grown in such soil), yet this store did not seem to carry much of that. I really want to go to a farmer’s market soon!

The second thing I noticed was the lack of seafood options. This market always seems to carry the same seafood options- tilapia, salmon, and perch. Some times they have tuna and yesterday they had flounder- nothing too exciting in my book. We  already have some shrimp at home and none of the seafood was inspiring or on sale so we decided to hold off until later in the week. I love eating seafood but I get tired of the same old options at this store.

The next item of business for me was  the meat section. I could not find any grass fed meat options or even ‘free range’ meats. I think I will need to really search for these in my community, although I got an inside tip that Trader Joes carries grass-fed products. I may try to check that out this week.

Next, the eggs and dairy section. Very few choices here too! The best I could find were organic free range eggs or coup-free eggs. I like the idea of that of course, but I really want to find grass-fed chicken eggs if possible. I held off on buying any eggs and will continue to search. Then I completely spaced and just grabbed the store brand half-n-half and forgot to look for organic or any type of ‘better’ dairy for my coffee. I guess I was a little worn out by this point. Woops! Also, same with the shredded cheddar cheese- we just grabbed the store brand and were on our way. I will need to do some more research on the availability of dairy products from grass fed cows in my area as I doubt there were many options on that front at my local grocery store anyway.

So, the shopping trip was very interesting. All in all, I think we did pretty well. We picked up two heads of romaine lettuce, a bag of spinach, a cucumber, organic (yes, this was labeled!) green onion, 4 green bell peppers, 4 jalepenos, 2 bags of yellow onions, a bag of lemons, half a head of purple cabbage, a whole head of green cabbage, bananas, and tomatoes. We bought a tray of chicken breasts and some ground veal (I know, bad). A bag of shredded cheddar and some half n half. I bought some Siggi’s icelandic yogurt to try this week, which is all natural (INGREDIENTS: Skim Milk, Agave Nectar, Candied Ginger Orange Extract, Live Active Cultures, Vegetable Rennet). Also, some cashews for snacking. All in all, a good trip and I learned that I really need to pay attention to everything I put in that cart!

Anyway, on to dinner. My husband made the crab cakes and he did an excellent job. They contained crab meat, organic green onion, fresh cilantro, jalepeno, lemon juice, mustard-dry and wet, an egg, mayonnaise, and bread crumbs. He fried them in a little canola oil. I made an Asian-style slaw, using purple and green cabbage, carrots, organic green onion, cilantro, lemon juice, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, and sesame seeds. It came out great! It tasted so fresh and light and accompanied the crab cakes perfectly. (please see starving kitten for the recipes!)

After dinner I made myself an espresso with half and half.

I knew we were going to be going out and doing something social so I needed a pick-me-up. While we were out I had two vodka sodas, with Stoli vodka, club soda, and lime. All in all, a good day!

Friday’s finish

When I got home yesterday afternoon I was pretty hungry (as I always am when I get home!). I had a few nuts to hold me over until dinner.

I would be very happy as a squirrel eating nuts all the time, I love them so much. These particular ones happen to be a mix of cashews, almonds and macadamia nuts. I also munched on a few dry roasted peanuts too (not pictured). The hubby and I then turned our attention onto dinner and I quickly remembered another reason why it is harder to stay on track with healthy eating over the weekend- we tend to go out to eat on weekends, especially Friday nights. I searched around the internet trying to think of a good place to go that would meet my needs and his as well. We settled on going to an Indian restaurant, which ended up being fantastic! They had a great buffet, with several vegetable options and meat options. It was perfect! Here is a picture of my first plate:

From left to right, starting with the ramekin of yogurt sauce: cabbage slaw (really light and vinegar-y), broccoli in yogurt sauce, curry chicken, stuffed cabbage (center), vegetables in cream sauce, zucchini, and saag paneer (spinach and chickpeas). For my second plate I went for a round of favorites, even though I was already stuffed! I had some more of the stuffed cabbage , vegetables in cream sauce, and saag paneer along with some more chicken. I wouldn’t go as far as to say my plate was totally “healthy” due to the loads of cream sauce, but I stayed mostly on track here with my effort to eat mostly vegetables so I was quite pleased. Note the omission of any white rice or naan, which I didn’t miss too much all things considered.

When we got home we opened a bottle of vino- a pink merlot and I had two glasses. For the first day, I would say it went pretty well. We’ll see how Saturday goes!